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Court Rulings

NPR's Melissa Block is in Tallahassee, where the Bush campaign won a potentially significant legal victory early today. A circuit judge reaffirmed the decision of Katherine Harris, Florida's Secretary of State and a Republican, which said Harris could certify the state's vote count tomorrow without having to include the results of hand recounts that are going on in several counties. Then late in the day the Florida Supreme Court delayed any certiification of the election by the Florida Secretary of State. The manual recounts have been going on in predominantly Democratic counties, and the Gore camp hoped that numbers coming out of those counties would put the Vice President over the top in the key battle for Florida's 25 electoral votes. Democrats said they will appeal the ruling in state Supreme Court.

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